Being a prison woman means one carries a lot of weight with that title. Women behind bars have their own struggles compared to men, some more harsh and unfair than others.
Despite this, 2018 showed a few progressive and hopeful moments for women seeking prison reform. This is why we have compiled 10 articles we’ve published about important articles about prison women.
In this Top 10, we are highlighting the most important articles from 2018 regarding the struggles and victories of prison women and what they can teach us.
Prison News Recap 1/08/2019
In this edition of our Prison News Recap, we go over ten important articles about prison women. Read how the content of these stories affect prison loved ones and how they stir up important discussions in mainstream media.
1. Why Are There So Many Pregnant Women In US Prisons Today?
Many women with substance charges/issues entering the US prison system are pregnant beforehand.
However, if these women are struggling with drugs, wouldn’t it make more sense to send them to rehab?
2. US Prison Reform: Why Are Incarcerated Women Being Ignored?
The fastest growing inmate population in The US is women.
With 80% of these women being mothers with substance, financial and mental issues, why aren’t more people aware of their needs?
3. Rates Of Women Incarceration Worldwide Higher Than Population Growth
The rate of women sent to prison is higher than the growing rate of population.
What is being done to reduce this troubling number?
4. Women Incarceration Rates Remain The Same As Men’s Rate Decreasing
More men are leaving prison while women are stuck behind bars.
If incarceration rates are lowering, why are these women stuck in prison?
5. I Hate Mondays: Where Is Brenda Ann Spencer Now?
Brenda Ann Spencer was responsible for the Grover Cleveland Elementary School shooting in 1979 when she was 16.
Now she’s still behind bars paying for her crimes.
He’s been in prison since then after the government abandoned him.
6. Transgender Prison Inmate Marie Dean Was Not What Media Reported
Marie Dean was heralded as champion of transgender rights during her prison rights, but her past as a sex offender has been exposed.
This supposed champion for women’s rights was charged with violence against women and sneaking into their houses.
7. Dance Moms Star, Abby Lee Miller, Carrying On Prison Relationship Behind Bars
Despite Abby Lee Miller’s sentence prison sentence, she apparently was able to carry out a healthy relationship behind bars.
She’s accepting letters to prison from her lover and her fans.
8. Love After Lockup: Mary Reveals Her Future Plans With Dominic
Another TV star who found love, Love After Lockup’s Dominic has married his girlfriend outside of bars, Mary.
This new bride talks about how happy she is and how she looks forward to seeing her husband released soon.
9. Peek Inside South Dakota Women’s Prison Where Peace & Quiet Reign Supreme
Here’s a unique and shocking approach to rehabilitatoin: South Dakota Women’s Prison allows their inmates to walk freely and peacefully.
With a focus on safety and comfort, the inmates at this South Dakota facility have a chance at a better life away from their past.
Click here for more information about SDWP’s system
10. Prison Psychiatrist Turns Whistleblower On CDCR Mental Healthcare System
When the mental health of an inmate that ate her own eye comes into question, a whistleblower released a report to the public.
Does California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation not have proper mental health care?
What to Take Away From This Prison News Recap
There were a lot of struggles for prison women. It’s more than likely this year will hold more struggles for inmates in The US.
Despite this though, it’s still important that we deliver to you important articles like these. This is so that it’s much clearer in the media just what women go through in prison. Complacency is the enemy of progress, and if people don’t understand that women have it rough, things won’t be improving for a long time.
In the meantime, it’s important to count victories when they occur, whether they’re SDWP’s progressive system, proof that love can survive behind bars or even just a harsh truth coming to light.
Of course, if you’re still looking for other ways that our system and life after prison can be improved, feel free to check out past roundups. Also, feel free to consider donating towards our new app, PrisonLift: an app designed to make it easier to visit inmates and keep felons out of prison after their sentences!
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